Matt Damon to receive Arts Medal

first_imgActor, writer, producer, and humanitarian Matt Damon is the recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard President Drew Faust at a ceremony on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers, will include a discussion with Damon on his life and career, moderated by his fellow actor John Lithgow ’67, who will host the event. This is the official opening event for Arts First, Harvard’s annual festival showcasing student creativity in the arts.The Harvard Arts Medal honors a distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member who has achieved excellence in the arts and has made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good. (Damon attended Harvard from 1988-1992, but did not graduate.) Previous recipients include photographer Susan Meiselas, Ed.M. ’71; visual artist and essayist Catherine Lord ’70; saxophonist/composers Joshua Redman ’91 and Fred Ho ’79; composer John Adams ’69, A.M. ’72; playwright Christopher Durang ’71; poets John Ashbery ’49 and Maxine Kumin ’41; cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76; film director Mira Nair ’79; conductor and founder of Les Arts Florissants William Christie ’66; stage director Peter Sellars ’80; composer John Harbison ’60; National Theatre of the Deaf founder David Hays ’52; author John Updike ’54; songwriter/musicians Bonnie Raitt ’72 and Pete Seeger ’40; and actors Jack Lemmon ’47 and Tommy Lee Jones ’69.Damon has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, recently earning nominations for the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s true-life drama “Invictus.” Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award for best screenplay and received an Oscar nomination for best actor for his breakthrough feature, “Good Will Hunting.”Damon’s most recent release is “Promised Land,” directed by Gus Van Sant and based on a screenplay by Damon and John Krasinski. In 2011, he starred in a number of projects, including “We Bought a Zoo,” directed by Cameron Crowe; George Nolfi’s thriller “The Adjustment Bureau”; the animated feature “Happy Feet Two”; and Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion.”In 2002, Damon originated the role of Jason Bourne in the blockbuster actioner “The Bourne Identity.” He went on to reprise the role in the two hit sequels, “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” both directed by Paul Greengrass. He has also repeatedly teamed with Soderbergh, in the “Ocean’s” trilogy and in a cameo role in the second part of the director’s two-part biopic “Che.”Damon’s other recent film credits include the drama “Hereafter,” also with Eastwood; Greengrass’s action thriller “Green Zone”; Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won the Oscar for best picture; Robert De Niro’s dramatic thriller “The Good Shepherd”; and Stephen Gaghan’s geopolitical thriller “Syriana.”Hailing from Boston, Damon got his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theater. He made his feature film debut in “Mystic Pizza,” and first gained attention with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran tormented by memories of a battlefield incident in 1996’s “Courage Under Fire.”Together with his childhood friend Ben Affleck, Damon co-wrote the acclaimed 1997 drama “Good Will Hunting.” That same year, Damon starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy,” which starred Affleck.In 1998, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan” and also starred in John Dahl’s drama “Rounders.” Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” under the direction of Anthony Minghella. He reunited with Affleck and Smith to star in the controversial 1999 comedy “Dogma.”Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet to produce film, television, and new media projects. LivePlanet produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of “Project Greenlight,” chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. In addition, Damon co-founded H2O Africa, now known as Water.org, a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.For ticket information, visit www.boxoffice.harvard.edu or call 617.496.2222.last_img read more

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DeSantis Expands Empowerment Scholarship, Provides COVID Update

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants children from the state’s low-income backgrounds to have all the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.Speaking at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School in Tampa on Thursday, the governor signed a bill that expands Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship.The scholarship is intended to help children from low-income and working class families get into the schools that best fit their needs.“If we in the state of Florida can say, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that any child, regardless of income, regardless of income status, regardless of race and ethnicity, has tools to be able to make the most of the God-given talent,” DeSantis said.The governor added that the expansion of the initiative will essentially clear the wait list for the scholarship, and will end up helping around 30,000 students in the state annually.“We believed that we wanted those kids off the wait list,” DeSantis explained. “We wanted to be able to empower parents. Many of them are low-income parents. Many of them are single mothers.” On Wednesday, DeSantis also signed a $500 million education funding bill that increases the minimum salary for public and charter school teachers.“That will, one, reward teachers who are doing a good job,” DeSantis said while signing that legislation. “It’ll also help us continue to recruit people into the profession.”DeSantis also provided an update on Thursday regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, again asking Floridians to avoid crowded spaces and close quarters.“Outdoors in Florida is better than the air conditioning in terms of the virus,” DeSantis said, adding that many COVID-19 outbreaks have been traced back to multi-generational homes. “The spread outdoors is minimal. If you’re cooped up inside, you just tend to have more spread.”According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 114,018 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 5,004 cases from Wednesday.last_img read more

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Wildcats prove Kootenay roundball no pushover at Single-A provincials in Nakusp

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats dispatched zone rival and tournament host Nakusp 7-2 in consolation round action at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Soccer Championships.The win was the first the tournament for the Cats, giving the Kootenay zone champs 15th spot in the tournament.“As for the results, I’m thrilled,” said coach Dan Szabo.“My goal was to not get clobbered and we competed with the best.”“But I think we deserved a better position in the end,” Szabo added. “I’d say we were good enough for top eight, but that’s what can happen in these tournaments.”Aaron Abrosimoff scored three times in the consolation match fro Mount Sentinel with Bryce Twible scoring twice and Johnny Johnson and Aslan Mackay adding singles.Mount Sentinel opened the tournament Thursday poised for the upset.Riley Osachoff scored five minutes into the match as the aggressive attacking style of the Wildcats proved troublesome for West Vancouver Mulgrave defenders.The Cats led for most of the first half before Mulgrave got settled and took advantage of a few Mt. Sentinel errors and miscommunication in the defending third to jump to a 3-1 lead in the second half.Twible score midway through the half to make it 3-2 and Mt. Sentinel pressed hard for the equalizer late in the match but it would be Mulgrave scoring a late marker to seal it.Game two against Immaculata from Kelowna saw the Okanagan powerhouse score three unanswered goals in the second half to dump the Cats 4-1.Trailing 1-0, Johnson took a pass from teammate Patrick Falle before placing a perfect shot past the Immaculata keeper. However, the euphoria was short-lived as Immaculata would score just one minute later to restore the lead before adding two more goals. “When you go up against a strong team like Immaculata, you just hope for the best,” Szabo explained. “They are a skilled side, deep and always near the top in the province but we gave them a game for 70 minutes and left it all on the pitch.”Day two saw Mount Sentinel lose 4-2 to Westside of Prince George.Goals by Twible and Johnson allowed Mount Sentinel to rally from a 2-0 deficit by halftime.Mt. Sentinel was aggressive again in the second half, getting plenty of chances. But errors would cost them midway through the half, as Westside would hang on for the win.The final game of the round robin saw the Wildcats lose 3-1 to Pemberton.Abrosimoff scored a cracker in the second half for the lone Cats marker.Erik Stewart, a Grade 10 student, was keeper for the entire tournament for Mount Sentinel.“It was his first time at that position and despite not having experience played unbelievably well,” said Szabo.“His reflexes, especially in-close were truly remarkable.”Szabo also was impressed with the play of Carlos Berger for the energy he brought to the tournament.Midfielder Spencer Szabo was named Commissioner’s winner for team MVP at the Friday night banquet.Glenlyon Norfolk School of Victoria secured their sixth straight single-A boys provincial soccer title with a 1-0 victory over Immaculata on Saturday.“(We had) only two subs and played one gutsy provincial tournament — five games in three days,” Szabo said.“And like I told our players, the result doesn’t matter if you gave it every thing you have. Boy, did they.”last_img read more

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Fulham v Liverpool: Bent starts

first_imgDarren Bent comes into the Fulham starting line-up for the match against Liverpool, who are still without Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson, although Agger is on the bench.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Liverpool: Mignolet; Flanagan, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho; Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez, Sturridge.Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Allen, Moses, Teixeira, Aspas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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10 months ago​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signings

first_img​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signingsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has not ruled out dipping into the transfer market again.The Cherries have signed Dominic Solanke on a permanent deal from Liverpool, while Nathaniel Clyne arrived on loan from the same club.But Howe feels there is more that could be done before the window shuts at the end of the month.Bournemouth are hoping their new signings can help them push up the table, where they are currently in 12th position. But they are only two points off 8th spot.The Cherries boss said to the Daily Echo on transfers: “It’s difficult to say with clarity yes or no. We are still looking at different areas.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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11 days agoWorried Barcelona eager to up Ansu Fati buyout clause

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Worried Barcelona eager to up Ansu Fati buyout clauseby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are eager to secure Ansu Fati to a new contract.While the 16 year-old sensation only penned pro terms last summer to 2023, there is a fear he could yet be tempted away.Fati’s current deal carries an ‘affordable’ buyout clause of €100m – so leaving Barca vulnerable to any hostile raid from a fellow European giant.As such, reports Mundo Deportivo, Barca want to reward the teen for his first team breakthrough with a pay-rise – and to also double his buyout clause to €200m.The new deals of fellow Barca youngsters Oriol Busquets and Juan Miranda boast the same buyout option. last_img read more

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Montreal emerges as luxury real estate hot spot Sothebys report says

first_imgVANCOUVER – Montreal is emerging as a luxury real estate “hot spot,” while Vancouver and Toronto sales should pick up this fall after somewhat sluggish times, according to a new report.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s rosy outlook comes despite a slew of policy changes, including some from Ottawa and a couple provincial governments designed to cool the country’s hot housing markets. However, Canada’s strong economic performance will boost the market in the coming months, says the real estate sales and marketing company.“The psychological confidence that people had in the marketplace was shaken by all of the different factors that were put in there,” said Brad Henderson, CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, of a recent drop in sales in properties of more than $1 million in Toronto.In July and August, sales of condominiums and houses over $1 million in Toronto fell 27 per cent compared to the same months the year before, according to the report. Transactions of properties over $4 million in the city fell by nearly the same amount — 28 per cent.Part of that drop came as buyers and sellers in Ontario grappled with a new 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers of properties in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, which includes Toronto and several nearby areas, introduced by the provincial government in late April.Ontario followed British Columbia’s footsteps in the policy. The B.C. government implemented a similar levy on foreign buyers in the Metro Vancouver area in August 2016, and the province experienced a drop in luxury property sales shortly thereafter.In Vancouver, the report says, sales of luxury real estate over $1 million dropped 23 per cent in the first half of the year compared to 2016. But, sales increased five per cent during July and August, compared to the same months last year.Sotheby’s anticipated the Toronto market would pull back not only due to the impact of its foreign buyers’ tax, but also because of a move to stricter lending rules by the federal government last year, and two recent hikes in the benchmark interest rate from the Bank of Canada.While that tempered the psychological confidence in the Toronto market, Henderson said, it boosted people’s confidence in Quebec, where the provincial government has yet to intervene.In Montreal, sales of condominiums and homes over $1 million jumped 60 per cent year over year this July and August.Sotheby’s forecasts Montreal will “emerge as a strong leader on Canada’s luxury real estate landscape this fall,” according to the report.Henderson rejects the idea that growth is primarily coming from foreign buyers who have shifted away from the newly-taxed Vancouver and Toronto markets. Though, the report cites some anecdotal evidence of “an uptick in interest from foreign buyers seeking residences.”Instead, Montreal is an attractive place to live and work, Henderson said, with the added bonus of having comparatively less expensive real estate prices.Sotheby’s also anticipates “a brisk and active” market for luxury real estate in Toronto this fall and for Vancouver to regain momentum as a strong Canadian economy is expected to boost confidence and performance in the autumn months.In Calgary, the report says “tentative optimism is set to gain ground” as the city emerges from a recession.— Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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Montreal to host annual world artificial intelligence summit through 2021

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal has been selected to host a major artificial intelligence summit for at least three years.The London-based firm behind World Summit AI says the event between 2019 to 2021 follows the second edition currently taking place in Amsterdam.Quebec’s largest city has become a global hub for research and excellence in AI, with participation from McGill University and the University of Montreal, where AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio works.The city has attracted major digital players including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung, Thales and Facebook, all of which have set up AI research labs.last_img

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IndiGo to launch new domestic Intl services from Mumbai

first_imgMumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo Monday announced expansion of its international network from the city besides launching additional flights to domestic destinations to cater to the demand following the withdrawal of several routes by the struggling carrier Jet Airways. The three new overseas services include daily non-stop flights to Jeddah and Dammam and Abu Dhabi while the domestic services will be launched to cities such as Indore, Kochi and Patna among others, IndiGo said in a release. We are strengthening Mumbai as a key travel hub for domestic and international connectivity from India. We are adding Jeddah and Dammam effective June 5 and July 5, respectively. Mumbai is the commercial hub of India and we see great potential connecting the Middle-East with this city,” said William Boulter, chief commercial officer, IndiGo. Jeddah being the commercial capital and the gateway for Haj, Dammam being the growth centre in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi being a major cultural and commercial centre in UAE, are critical markets for strengthening IndiGo’s presence in the Middle-East, he added.last_img read more

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